Professor Maxime Brodeur, Janet Weikel from the Nuclear Science Laboratory of the University of Notre Dame, and Professor Thomas Brunner from McGill University co-organized the 13th International Conference on the Stopping and Manipulation of Ions (SMI-2019). This conference continues a series of meetings that started in 1986 in Konnevesi, Finland. The aim of the series is to report technical advances with regard to stopping energetic ions in noble gases and the manipulation of ion beams (mostly in research involving unstable nuclides). The topics included: the ion-guide isotope separation on-line (IG-ISOL) technique, the use of large-volume helium-filled gas cell to thermalize radioactive ion beams, laser-ionization in gas cells and in helium jets, radio-frequency multipole devices, and multi-reflection time-of-flight spectrometers for beam purification.
SMI-2019 took place at the Thomson House of McGill University in Montreal, Canada from July 15-19, 2019. It attracted a total of 44 researchers including many students and post-docs that provided updates on their various research and developments. The meeting not only provided a status of the field but also gave guidance for future developments. The SMI-2019 conference could only be a success because of the strong support from the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Science Laboratory, the Physics Department, and the College of Science.